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MN50463: Corporate governance

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aim of the unit is to provide a broad introduction to corporate governance with legal, accounting, financial and economic dimensions.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
1) understand the theoretical basis of the principles and development of corporate governance;
2) describe the development of international regulation in the area;
3) evaluate the role of the board, institutions, debtholders and the market for corporate control as monitors of management;
4) discuss the conflicting issues arising from managerial incentive plans;
5) critically describe the events at Enron and the subsequent regulatory reactions in the US and UK;
6) discuss issues relating to corporate social responsibility.

Analytical skills: defining the exposures facing an organisation and analysing the financial consequences of the various approaches to hedging and managing risk TA.
Advocacy: being able to support an argument based on the facts and personal risk preferences TFA
Professional/practical: learning about markets and instruments TA
Key skills: analytical, numerical, organisational TFA

Agency theory; regulatory environment; role of boards, investors, debt holders; executive compensation; market for corporate control; international systems of corporate governance; corporate social responsibility.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50463 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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